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Literary Analysis - The Natural - College Papers

Literary Analysis - The Natural

Christina Claxton
Professor Heather L. Lamers
English B1A
28 March 2012

Literary Analysis - The Natural: "The Effects Of Women"

In The Natural by Bernard Malamud, the main character, Roy Hobbs joins the New York Knights with an uncontrollable desire to be the best, at first in baseball, but later on in other aspects of his life. Roy is unable to control his desires, one of them being for women. Roy is considerably influenced not by typical fatherly figures, but rather women, named Harriet Bird, Memo Paris, and Iris Lemon. While Harriet and Memo are not positive influences and only wishes ill of Roy, Iris is a positive influence and cares about Roy, liking him from the start. ...

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Cubs, when he is nineteen. His first impression of Harriet is "a girl in a dressy black dress her hair a forth of dark curls with a striking face that is a little drawn and pale" (Malamud 8). As Harriet stepped up into the train her "nyloned legs made Roy's pulse dance" (Malamud 8). Harriet is a pretty girl that Roy is almost instantaneously attracted to. Harriet is not interested in Roy because he is not famous. Instead, Harriet attaches herself onto the Whammer, currently "the leading hitter of the American League and three times winner of the Most Valuable Winner award" (Malamud 14). When the Whammer misses one pitch by Roy, Harriet, who had five minutes ago been patting him on the back for his skill in the batting cage, now eyeing him coldly for letting one pitch go by (22, Malamud). After Roy strikes out the Whammer, Harriet latches onto Roy, leaving the Whammer and taking advantage of Roy's attraction. When Roy and Harriet are talking on the train afterwards, Roy can ...

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with Memo because she once belonged to Bump, whom Roy knew from the start that "he would never like" and constantly competed with in baseball because both men had the same goal. 54). Roy wants Memo because he is unable to control his appetite for women. To Roy she is the ultimate accomplishment and perfect in everyway. Roy pursues Memo even though she gives him obvious hints that she isn't interested in him, informing him she is "strictly a dead man's girl"(Malamud 84). Memo is not a nurturing life force to Roy, the thing Memo offers Roy is the option is to sell his promising future to the Judge. Only then, when Roy has sacrificed his talent and ability for money so he can be with Memo. ...

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